Apr

20

2005

books

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Actually I said the other day that I never get the chance to read, but since school’s been out the past few weeks I have had the chance to read a few things. I can tell, because the stack beside my bed is so large I have trouble getting up in the mornings.

Here’s what I’ve read in the past month, in no particular order:

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
The best book I have read all year. Magical and amazing.

The Spaniard’s Inconvenient Wife by Kate Walker.
Mmmmm, Ramon.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.
Sacks is a neurologist. In this book, he explores the idea that disease can often reveal strengths. It’s an empowering and interesting book.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
Vonnegut is one of the best authors ever, and probably the reason my husband and I are married.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
I loved this book the first time I read it about 10 years ago, particularly the character of Owen. This time through I liked it less; I think I could see through the plot devices, I knew the surprises, and the narrator was a little boring. But it’s still a good novel, and I still love Owen.

Up to No Good by Julie Elizabeth Leto.
This was a “learning novel” (well, a little bit of fun too), to see how JEL creates character quickly. And she does.

Never Love a Stranger by Elizabeth Stephens.
…which is actually written by my friend Betty O’Rourke.

Small Pieces, Loosely Joined by David Weinberger.
I blogged about this the other day and was thrilled when David left a couple of comments. Small place, the web.

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
Ghosts! Ancient curses! Creepy castles! Evil lords! Innocent maidens! Deeply, deeply cool.

Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday.
A series of comics that pay tribute to comics. Post-modern, man.


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  1. Castle of Otranto – that brings back memories. I studied that book and lots of other Gothics when I was doing my thesis on the Brontes. Lots of fun – and it brought me back to M&B romances as a result of reading popular novels/romances of the 19th century

    I’m so glad you liked Ramon – he’s a personal favourite of mine (and he’s written by another friend of yours!)

    love

    Kate

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  2. Ooooh I wanna read The Castle of Otranto….

    I’ve always been curious about the old gothics since reading Northanger Abbey, and some of the Georgette Heyers.

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  3. I’m on Mercedes’ story now, Kate. Glad to see Ramon and Estrella’s wedding from a different point of view.

    I think Otranto is brilliant. Just look at these two sentences, describing the evil Manfred trying to rape the pure Isabella:

    –Heaven nor hell shall impede my designs, said Manfred, advancing again to seize the princess. At that instant the portrait of his grandfather, which hung over the bench where they had been sitting, uttered a deep sigh and heaved its breast.

    It’s 100 pages of densely-packed non-stop action, and I only WISH that one day I could write a novel where the portrait of the grandfather utters a deep sigh and heaves its breast.

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